Prince Family Statement: Public Memorial Will Be Held In “Near Future”
Prince’s family released a statement on Friday night revealing that a public memorial will be held in the “near future.”
As many tribute events have been popping up, the music icon’s surviving siblings are setting the record straight on what is and isn’t official. “We would like everyone to know that, contrary to previous and current reports, there has been no memorial, funeral or tribute service for Prince that was organized or authorized by the family or Paisley Park representatives,” they jointly say.
The statement goes on, “Together, the family is planning an official memorial service and public event to take place in the near future. Prince and his music influenced so many people that we feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way. We appreciate the public’s patience and have been comforted by your outpouring of love, support and condolences.”
“We look forward to sharing with the world this celebration of, and farewell to, our Prince,’ the message concludes, adding, “Details will be coming soon.” Following Prince’s passing last month, his body was cremated and the family held a private gathering at Paisley Park. The new statement comes on the same day a Minnesota judge authorized the testing of Prince’s blood to legally determine his genetic heirs.
Tyka Nelson is the superstar’s only full sibling, but he has five other half-siblings that are still living. Sadly, he was predeceased by two others. Prince’s estate is being administered by Bremer Trust at Nelson’s request, after she filed legal documents stating her famous brother did not have a will. Meanwhile, toxicology reports on Prince’s cause of death are still pending. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates as appropriate.